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July 10, 2012
Valparaiso graduated senior Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) has been named to the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) All-Academic Third Team for her work on the lanes and in the classroom during the 2011-2012 school year. In addition, five other Crusaders were named All-Academic honorees by the NTCA.
June 29, 2012
Valparaiso bowling head coach Matt Nantais announced today that Raychel Wolever, a three-time First Team All-State honoree from Charlotte [Mich.] H.S., will join the Crusader bowling program as a freshman for the 2012-2013 season.
June 15, 2012
Valparaiso bowling head coach Matt Nantais announced today that Danielle Lynn (Milton, Wis./Milton) will be joining the Crusader squad as a freshman for the 2012-2013 season.
May 29, 2012
Valparaiso bowling head coach Matt Nantais announced today the addition of three incoming freshmen to the program. Kelsey Fader, Katherine Sulaitis and Tedra Tado will all join the Crusader bowling program as freshmen for the 2012-2013 season.
April 15, 2012
Valparaiso senior Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) closed out her illustrious Crusader career with one more honor Saturday night, as she was named one of five members of the 2012 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after pacing the tournament field in Thursday's traditional action with a 218.4 average.
April 13, 2012
Valparaiso stayed alive in an elimination match at the 2012 NCAA Championship at Freeway Lanes in Wickliffe, Ohio Friday morning by defeating Sacred Heart, 4-2, but the Crusaders would eventually fall to Nebraska 4-3 in another elimination match Friday afternoon to end their hopes of capturing the national title.
April 12, 2012
Valparaiso started its quest for a national championship Thursday at Freeway Lanes in Wickliffe, Ohio, going 2-2 over the morning session’s four matches before dropping all three matches in the afternoon session to end the first day of competition at the 2012 NCAA Bowling Championship with a 2-5 record and the eighth seed to begin Friday’s bracket play. Senior Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) led the entire tournament field in average on Thursday, posting an average of 218.4 over the seven matches.
April 11, 2012
Valparaiso got in its final preparations for the 2012 NCAA Bowling Championship on Wednesday, culminating with the annual NCAA Championship banquet, where senior Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates) was honored for the second straight year as an NTCA Honorable Mention All-American. The three-day tournament begins at Freeway Lanes in Wickliffe, Ohio Thursday morning at 8 a.m. CDT.
April 10, 2012
In its third season of intercollegiate competition, the Valparaiso bowling program makes its first trip to the NCAA Championship, as the Crusaders hit the road today as one of eight squads selected to compete for the 2012 national title April 12-14 in Wickliffe, Ohio.
March 28, 2012
A journey which began in February 2009 with the introduction of the women’s bowling program to the Valparaiso University athletics department took a giant step forward on Wednesday, as the Crusaders learned they were one of eight programs selected to compete at the 2012 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship in Wickliffe, Ohio on April 12-14. The bid is Valpo’s first to the national championship in just the third year of program existence.
March 18, 2012
#6 Valparaiso closed out the Music City Classic, its final tournament before the 2012 NCAA Bowling Championships, in eighth place on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. Senior Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates [Central Missouri]) earned one of six spots on the All-Tournament Team.
March 17, 2012
Wins over a pair of fellow top-ten squads highlighted #6 Valparaiso’s 4-2 record on the second day of action at the Music City Classic Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. as the Crusaders sit in eighth place entering the final day of competition.
March 16, 2012
#6 Valparaiso kicked off the first day of action at the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday by going 5-1 and sits in seventh place with two days of competition remaining.
February 26, 2012
#2 Valparaiso split a pair of matches in bracket play Sunday at the Holiday Classic in Bessemer, Ala., finishing the tournament in fifth place. Senior Amanda Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates) was one of five bowlers named to the All-Tournament Team.
February 25, 2012
The #2 Valparaiso bowling team picked up a pair of victories over fellow top-10 teams Saturday in the second day of action at the Holiday Classic in Bessemer, Ala. and will enter the final day of competition in fourth place.
February 24, 2012
#2 Valparaiso went 4-1 on the opening day of competition at the Holiday Classic in Bessemer, Ala., finishing the day in fourth place. The Crusaders tallied 3,608 pins over Friday’s five matches, contested in the four-game baker format.
February 21, 2012
The Valparaiso bowling team is ranked #2 nationally in the latest version of the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) Media Poll, released earlier this week.
February 11, 2012
Valparaiso remained among the top squads in the nation with the release of the February National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) coaches poll on Saturday, as the Crusaders came in ranked #3 nationally.
February 05, 2012
#1 Valparaiso closed out the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, finishing the three-day event in seventh place.
February 04, 2012
#1 Valparaiso enters the final day of action at the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas in sixth place out of 12 comnpeting teams.
February 03, 2012
#1 Valparaiso sits in third place after the first of three days of competition at the Prairie View A&M Invitational, being held at the Bowling International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.
January 29, 2012
#1 Valparaiso finished in fifth place at the Kutztown Invitational in Reading, Pa. on Sunday, winning its final match of the tournament to earn the fifth-place finish in the nation's largest NCAA bowling tournament of the season.
January 28, 2012
#1 Valparaiso continued its strong run of play at the Kutztown Invitational in Reading, Pa. on Saturday, going 5-1 for the second straight day and ending the six-match day in third place out of the 28 competing teams.
January 27, 2012
Against one of the strongest single-day lineups #1 Valparaiso will face all season long, the Crusaders showed why they are ranked as the nation’s top-ranked team, going 5-1 on the first day of competition Friday at the Kutztown Invitational in Reading, Pa. and ending the day in second place.
January 21, 2012
#1 Valparaiso closed out action at the three-day Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday morning, finishing the tournament in seventh place.
January 20, 2012
#1 Valparaiso went a perfect 5-0 on the second day of competition at the Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. on Friday and enters the final day of action in fifth place out of 12 competing squads.
January 19, 2012
The #1 Valparaiso bowling team returned to the lanes Thursday evening at the Big Red Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., closing the first day of action in fourth place in the 12-team field.
January 16, 2012
Valparaiso, which ascended to #1 in the nation in the December National Tenpin Coaches Association coaches poll, remained ranked #1 nationally as the NTCA released today the inaugural iteration of its media poll.
January 15, 2012
#1 Valparaiso posted a perfect 3-0 record on the final day of competition at the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark. on Sunday morning, moving up three spots in the bracket round to finish the tournament in seventh place out of 16 teams.
January 14, 2012
For the second straight day, #1 Valparaiso went 3-2 in action Saturday at the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark. and will enter Sunday's bracket play in tenth place.
January 13, 2012
The nation’s top-ranked bowling team returned to the lanes on Friday afternoon, as Valparaiso resumed the 2011-2012 campaign on the first day of action at the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark., hosted by Arkansas State.
December 13, 2011
The Valparaiso University bowling team made school history this week, becoming the first athletic program to earn a #1 ranking nationally as the Crusaders ascended to the top of the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) December coaches poll.
November 30, 2011
Valparaiso senior Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates) has been recognized as one of Sports Illustrated’s ‘Faces in the Crowd’ for the magazine’s December 5, 2011 issue.
November 20, 2011
In a 19-team field featuring 10 of the nation’s top-12 ranked teams, it was #18 Valparaiso which won a pair of matches over top-five squads, including a victory over the nation’s top-ranked team, on Sunday to secure a third-place finish.
November 19, 2011
#18 Valparaiso went 4-1 on the second day of competition Saturday at the Hawk Classic in Millsboro, Del. and will enter Sunday with the chance to win its fourth consecutive tournament, as the Crusaders currently sit in fourth place in the strong tournament field.
November 18, 2011
In a 19-team tournament field at the Hawk Classic in Millsboro, Del. that features 10 of the nation’s top-12 squads, it was #18 Valparaiso which continued its hot start to the 2011-2012 campaign on Friday, as the Crusaders sit atop the standings after the first of three days of competition.
November 13, 2011
The #18 Valparaiso bowling team rolled to its second consecutive tournament title on Sunday morning, as the Crusaders dropped just two games over Sunday’s three matches to earn the Crusader Classic crown at Stardust Bowl II in Merrillville.
November 12, 2011
A pair of victories over top-10 squads that came down to the very last shot highlighted #18 Valparaiso's undefeated day Saturday in the second day of action at the Crusader Classic at Stardust Bowl II in Merrillville.
November 11, 2011
Hosting the third annual Crusader Classic at Stardust Bowl II in Merrillville, the #18 Valparaiso bowling team ended the first day of competition with a 3-2 record and in third place in the nine-team tournament field.
October 30, 2011
The #18 Valparaiso bowling team won its season-opening tournament on Sunday, downing Arkansas State in the championship match of the Greater Ozark Invitational in Springfield, Mo., four games to one. The championship was the first official tournament title in Crusader program history.
October 29, 2011
The #18 Valparaiso bowling team remained undefeated in 2011-2012 Saturday afternoon, winning five more matches to start the season 10-0 and set a new program record for most consecutive victories as the team competed at the Greater Ozark Invitational in Springfield, Mo.
October 28, 2011
The #18 Valparaiso bowling team gave Matt Nantais an undefeated day on his first day of competition as head coach, going a perfect 5-0 at the Greater Ozark Invitational in Springfield, Mo. on Friday, including three wins over teams ranked among the nation's top-seven.
October 27, 2011
With the start of the 2011-2012 bowling season right around the corner, the Valparaiso bowling team is looking towards its experience to push for a berth in the NCAA Bowling Championships in the third year of program existence.
October 21, 2011
Valparaiso bowling head coach Matt Nantais announced today the Crusaders’ schedule for the 2011-2012 campaign, highlighted by the third annual Crusader Classic, to be held at Stardust Bowl II in Merrillville on Nov. 11-13.
August 17, 2011
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Matt Nantais has been hired to serve as head coach of the Crusader bowling program.
July 25, 2011
Valparaiso bowling student manager Tyler Vostry has earned a spot on the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Junior Team USA 2012 after a stellar performance at the 2011 USBC Junior Gold Championships earlier this month.
July 06, 2011
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced that Shon Washington has submitted his resignation as the head bowling coach at Valparaiso University.
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